Kates: "Coach Strip just walked out of here."

GoBlueWolverine reached Pennsylvania defensive lineman Jason Kates just as he finished setting up his Michigan visit this weekend.

GoBlueWolverine spoke late Tuesday afternoon to DT/OL Jason Kates 6'3 330 4.97 Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt Pa.

Is it true that you're coming to Ann Arbor this weekend?

"Yeah, I'm visiting Michigan this weekend. In fact I just set it up -- Coach Stripling just walked out of the house."

So Michigan has offered you a scholarship?

"Yeah. It's not that Michigan has just started recruiting me. Back in the summer, Coach Carr talked to me and LeSean (McCoy, a RB) on the phone together. So I've had a Michigan offer. But my Michigan recruiter back then was Coach Sheridan. Then he left Michigan."

"Now, I've been hearing again from Michigan, from Coach Stripling."

"He's the defensive line coach, and he told me they need defensive tackles. I know that Gabe Watson and Pay Massey are leaving. And he talked about Marques Slocum having to pass his test -- that if he does 'Ques and I could be defensive tackles together at Michigan."

So Michigan is recruiting you as a defensive lineman? What is your current height and weight?

"Yeah, D-line. I'm 6-3, 330 pounds."

Have you been following Michigan?

"Yeah, I've followed Michigan for a long time. I've never been able to make it over there, but I watched several of their games this fall -- the Penn State game, Northwestern, the Ohio State game, and their crazy bowl game."

Where else have you visited?

"I've made official visits to Minnesota, Syacuse, and Maryland."

Which one of those was you best visit so far?

"Hmmm, no one visit really jumps out. I'd say they are tied so far."

Are you going to take a 5th visit?

"I'm not sure. It's possible."

It seems like you've liked Michigan for a long time?

"Yeah, I have ..."

Any chance you might commit this weekend?

"I gotta see how it goes ..."

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